Monday, May 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Colby Lewis vs. Josh Tomlin
The Texas Rangers visit Progressive Field on Monday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Colby Lewis for the Rangers and Josh Tomlin for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Texas at +128 and Cleveland at -138. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Rangers have a 25-23-1 over/under record and a 27-22-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Indians are 22-25-0 against the run line and have a 25-18-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this matchup with a 28-21 record, including 11-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Colby Lewis has a 4-0 record with an earned run average of 3.38 and a WHIP of 1.16. He has 45 strikeouts over his 64 innings pitched and he has given up 61 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.4. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 5.27 and they have given up 169 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .280 against the bullpen while being struck out 124 times and walking 58 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.08 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 435 base hits and 199 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 158 batters and struck out 346. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.64.
As a team, Texas is batting .260, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .243 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.8 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .270 and his on-base percentage is at .320. He has 50 hits this season along with 23 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He's struck out 18 times and has walked 13 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .281 and he has an on-base percentage of .331. He has totaled 45 hits so far while scoring 19 runs and he's driven in 17. He has walked 12 times and has struck out 20 times. The Rangers have 431 hits, including 85 doubles and 49 home runs. They've stolen 33 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 9 times. Texas has walked 125 times this season and they've struck out 349 times as a unit. They've left 302 men on base and have a team OPS of .727. They score 4.57 runs per contest and have scored a total of 224 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 12-9 home record and a 26-21 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.35, Josh Tomlin has a 7-0 record and a 0.98 WHIP. He has 36 strikeouts over the 51 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 44 hits. He has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.41. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.70 and they have given up 125 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 138 times and walking 62 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.12 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.39 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.86. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 383 base knocks and 182 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 53 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 141 hitters and struck out 396. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.94.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .285 average at home. The Indians hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.77 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .320. He has 51 hits this year along with 26 runs scored and 27 RBI. He's struck out 47 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .317 and he has an OBP of .371. He has collected 59 hits so far while he's scored 32 runs and drove in 22. He has earned a walk 16 times and has punched out 28 times. The Indians as a unit have 412 base hits, including 85 doubles and 49 homers. They have 37 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 159 times this year and they have struck out 393 times. They've had 312 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.87 runs per game and have totaled 229 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 25-23-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 27-22-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 25-18-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 22-25-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/28/16 P Shawn Tolleson Personal expected to miss 3-7 days
05/27/16 2B Rougned Odor Suspension 7-game suspension, eligible to return Saturday, June 4 vs. Seattle Mariners
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 15-day DL (5/23)
05/24/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Hamstring 15-day DL (5/21)
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 60-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 P Joba Chamberlain Side 15-day DL (5/22)
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
04/25/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians
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